CAA Theatre Orchestra

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Orchestra guide

The Orchestra is closest to the stage and is the largest section in the theatre, divided into three blocks of seating that face the stage head-on. Rows do not curve, which can occasionally cause seats at the very ends of rows to miss minimal moments on far sides of the stage. Seats span 1-22 per row, with rows running from Row A to Row W.

The Balcony overhang kicks in midway through the seating but is too high to affect the view from any of the seats, even at the rear of the theatre. A very minimal rake is available, which can mean that tall persons in front may obstruct the view for smaller patrons. Row W is elevated, which can mean that this is a better option than Row V.

Two vertical aisles run down the auditorium, providing easy access to rows without any steps. Legroom is standard throughout this section, and due to contemporary rebuild of the theatre, there are no immediate obstructions in the Orchestra.

Orchestra Front Left

Rows in the front-left of the Orchestra face the stage head-on, which can cause seats at the end of the row in 21-22 may miss moments on stage right. There are good sight-lines due to minimal obstructions, and aisle seats in 19 can have slightly extra legroom. Seats in this area are higher-numbered, reaching lower numbers toward the centre. Due to the proximity to the stage, these are a good option.

Orchestra Front Right

Rows in the front-right of the Orchestra face the stage head-on, causing seats at the end of the row in 1-2 to miss moments on stage left, especially as a safety rail on the stage could also be in the way. Otherwise, there are good sight-lines due to minimal obstructions, and aisle seats in 4 can have slightly extra legroom. Seats in this area are lower-numbered, reaching higher numbers toward the centre. Due to the proximity to the stage, these can be a good option.

Orchestra Centre

The Orchestra Centre offers the best views in the theatre. Spanning rows A-W, premium price seats can be found in rows B-P, where the views are panoramic and unobstructed. Offering head-on, close-up views of the entire stage, there are no immediate restrictions, although a shallow rake may cause patrons in front to block the view. Seats anywhere in the centre block offer a similar view due to the intimacy of the section, and that the Balcony overhang is too high to ever be in view. Slightly cheaper ticket prices can be found in the rear of the centre, due to the distance from the stage and the sound desk that is positioned in the centre of rows V-W.

Orchestra Rear Left

The rear-left of the Orchestra faces the stage head-on, which can cause seats in 21-22 to miss parts of rear stage right. Otherwise, there are limited obstructions, as the contemporary build of the theatre ensures that the Balcony overhang is too high to be in view, even at the rear of the seating. There is a gradual rake and no stagger, which means those in front could occasionally block the view. Row W is elevated above Row V. Seats in this area are higher-numbered, reaching lower numbers toward the centre. Due to the distance from the stage, some good price tickets can be found here.

Orchestra Rear Right

The rear-right of the Orchestra faces the stage head-on, causing seats in 1-2 to miss parts of rear stage left. Otherwise, there are limited obstructions due to the contemporary build of the theatre, which ensures that the Balcony overhang is too high to be in view, even at the rear of the seating. There is a minimal rake and no stagger, so patrons in front could occasionally block the view. Row W is elevated above Row V. Seats in this area are lower-numbered, reaching higher numbers toward the centre. Due to the distance from the stage, some good price tickets can be found here.

SeatPlan’s Best Views of the Stage

Sitting in the centre of the Orchestra guarantees excellent views of the stage, with rows B-P offering the most immersive experience, complete with a premium price tag. Alternatively, the centre of all rows offers a panoramic view of the stage, which is the best option when watching a musical or intimate play.

Best Legroom Seats

Legroom is standard throughout the Orchestra, but due to the intimacy of the theatre, there is not a generous amount of space. Sitting in any aisle seat can guarantee slightly more room, alternatively seats 19-22 of Row B and 1-4 of Row D have no seats in front so offer plenty of extra legroom.

Tips

• The Balcony does not overhang, even at the rear of the theatre
• Extra legroom can be found in seats 19-22 of Row B and 1-4 of Row D
• Row W is elevated above Row V

Pricing

Seats in the Orchestra are majority priced the same; however rows B-P are premium seats and are the most expensive. Prices are the same anywhere in the row, so it is best to sit as centrally as possible to guarantee the best view. Rows Q-R are also top price, as there is no Balcony overhang to obstruct the view. Row A is top price, as it is incredibly close to the stage. Rows S-T are the next price bracket down, with rows U-W being the cheapest due to the distance from the stage. These are still a good option due to minimal obstructions.

Bars

A bar and refreshment counter is available in the Orchestra Lobby, which is step-free from street level and from the Orchestra seating.

Toilets

Women’s and Men’s toilets can be found on this level. Accessible facilities are also available.